All facelift patients look swollen and tight immediately after surgery. This gradually improves over the first few weeks after surgery. Dr. Friedman makes every effort to provide natural-appearing results following surgery, since virtually all patients simply want to look better, not different. Most patients feel comfortable in social settings within 2 to 3 weeks of surgery.
You may wish to consider non-surgical procedures to improve facial aging, such as Botox, Restylane, Juvederm, and microdermabrasion. Botox improves frown lines between the eyes, forehead creases, and crows’ feet wrinkles. Injectable fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane) improve creases and lines around the mouth, inner cheeks, and chin. Microdermabrasion and skin care products improve skin tone and clarity.
Keep in mind, however, that none of these procedures will tighten a sagging neck or jowls. This is best accomplished by a facelift.
There is no single best facelift procedure. Procedures fall into one of three categories:
Mini-facelift is a great marketing term, but facelifts should be classified based upon the plane of elevation (see previous question) and the length of the scars. Dr. Friedman performs a SMAS lift, generally using a “short-scar” technique. Unlike traditional facelifts, short-scar lifts do not require incisions along the scalp behind the ears. Calling this a mini-lift would be misleading, as the results and recovery time are similar to a traditional lift. Caution: some mini-lifts provide results that last only long enough to allow your check to clear.
Most patients look about 7 to 10 years younger after facelift. You will continue to age at a normal rate following surgery, though you may never “catch up” to your chronological age.